Burn After Reading Poster

Release Date: September 12th, 2008

DVD Release Date: December 21st, 2008

R|1 hr 35 min

Plot Summary
When a disc containing memoirs of a former CIA analyst (John Malkovich) falls into the hands of Linda Litzke (Frances McDormand) and Chad Feldheimer (Brad Pitt), the two gym employees see a chance to make enough money for her to have life-changing cosmetic surgery. Predictably, events whirl out of control for the duo doofuses and those in their orbit.

Cast: George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich, Tilda Swinton, Brad Pitt, Richard Jenkins, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Genres: Comedy drama, Thriller

Production Co: Working Title Films

Distributors: Focus Features

Keywords: Murder, Escape, Witty, Car, 2000s, Quest, Temptation, Friend

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Nominated Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Nominated Screenplay (Original)
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2008)